VOX HUMBQLDT. 263 Ms admiration, among these principally a head by Carlo Dolce. From Heidelberg, probably on the 28th of Septem- ber-, he wrote to Forster, " Do you think sometimes of the fortnight I spent with you ? It was perhaps tlie happiest period in my life, and the remembrance of it even yet affords me great enjoyment. I harmonise with no one as I do with you ; and it is my great pride that all this came of itself without exterior aid, that I owe your friendship only to yourself; for it shows me that you deena me worthy of you, and you can indeed not feel how much that thought is to me. ITor you cannot know how I admire the fruitful pro- fusion of ideas which occur to you on every occasion, the lively clearness with which you express them ; how I honour your zeal for the good and the true, and your consideration for what others esteem good and true; and how tenderly I love the heart which so readily opens itself, and gladdens others by love. And yet you should know all this, in order to feel fully what you are to me." In Heidelberg he remained some days, and made some new friends., and proceeded thence to Tubingen., "whence he writes, on the 28th September, of the im- pression which the scenery of Heidelberg made on him, in words which may rank with the best descrip- tions which poets have made of this singularly beau- tiful spot, in prose or versa. "The view from the castle of Heidelberg pleased me more than any other I had seen in. these districts. The shores of the Rhine below Mayence, even where they are most b£antiful3 near Bingen and St. Goar? have always a certain uni- formity, always vinebergs or naked rocks; and the neighbourhood of Hayenee is pleasing enough, aad varied., but does not form a whole. But at Heidel- berg., the neighbouring high mountains on the shores of the ISTeckar, with the town at their base, form a great and beautiful group. There is tree character in this view, and the impression it leaves on the soul is profound and enduring/'